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    Studying Marsquakes May Reveal Deep Underground Water Sources


    “Quakes on Mars Could Reveal Hidden Water Sources”

    A team of researchers from Penn State University believe that analyzing seismic signals generated during marsquakes may help locate water sources far below the Martian surface. When quakes rumble through underground aquifers, they produce unique electromagnetic signals that could indicate the presence of liquid water. This would be a breakthrough in the search for modern water on Mars.

    The scientists explained that conventional methods struggle to pinpoint water so deep underground. However, studying marsquake signals holds promise. As quakes pass through water, they create diagnostic electromagnetic readings that may finally expose lingering water reservoirs. The idea is that if these signals can be identified, it would provide direct evidence of current underground water.

    Interestingly, the planet's dry conditions could aid this effort. Mars' layers of rock and dust above potential aquifers are drier than on Earth, minimizing noise that can obscure useful data. The researchers plan to examine readings from NASA's InSight lander, which carries a seismometer and magnetometer capable of detecting necessary quake signals. Sending a specialized magnetometer on future missions could offer even clearer results.

    If proven successful, this seismoelectrical technique would fill a major gap in our understanding of Mars' hydrology. It could location water inaccessible to other probes and bring us closer to answering if the red planet remains habitable below the surface. Stay tuned as scientists analyze martian quake data for hidden clues about the availability of thiscritical resource.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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